TV On the Radio is easily one of my favorite bands these days, but I appear to be in the kind of minority about this CD. Yes, it’s incredible and continues to prove just how great a band they are. However, I certainly think it fell short of the praise given by a lot of other lists I’ve seen, which have Dear Science, as not only the best album of the year, but TVotR’s best CD ever.
Whoa there, killers.
It’s good, but is it Return to Cookie Mountain good? Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes good? I’m not so quick to say it is. What was nice, however, was hearing more of the band’s continually evolving sound. For all the talk about this CD tackling even darker issues than usual, it sure sounds upbeat. While the sound might have changed slightly, the formula remained the same, throwing together an amalgam of different sounds, ranging from funk to spoken (shouted?) word. And that oh so tasty harmonizing remained intact, too.
While I don’t have any live, legal stuff from Dear Science,, please enjoy this kickass performance of Kyp doing a stellar performance of “Playhouses”.
mp3: Playhouses (link expired)